Arabi-Pasha Rebellion

1879 - 1882

The British always wanted stability in Egypt, especially when the Suez canal was opened, as it was a shorter route to India.

When civil unrest was rumbling, over who would control the country, an Egyptian officer, Arabi Pasha, became leader of the native Egyptians, protesting about foreign interference, especially European interference.

The British and French sent gunboats to help restore order.